Parish Announcements, Prayers & Meditations

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.     Amen.

Zoom Worship Service for Sunday, September 20, 2020: Please join Immanuel as we use our grant from the Sierra Pacific Synod with our Zoom Worship Service this morning. You can follow the service as we worship together online, or by simply printing it out. The service text and ZOOM access link may be found HERE. Pastor Dot will join our Zoom Service of the Word worship this morning. If her schedule permits, she will lead the service. If not, she will provide our devotion. Welcome to all.

Worship Planning and Streaming: The Liturgy Committee met with these actions: Immanuel will have communion on the second and fourth Sundays led by a pastor. Zoom and streaming worship services will include music and hymns in the future. Diana (pronounced Dinah) Washington, a PLTS seminary student working on her M. Div degree, will join in the rotation to provide leadership and devotions when a pastor is not available. We will reach out to members who may need help to join us on Zoom. Contact Terry or Ruth for more information.

Technology Grant from Sierra Pacific Synod: Immanuel has received a grant to improve our ability to worship on line. The Church Council is developing ways we can on line with Zoom (or other formats), and ways we can live stream services so that they can be viewed at home. We’ve begun Zooming worship services. See below for instructions and the link. Hopefully, we can start live streaming very soon. We will keep you updated.

Congregation Concerns: We wish we could meet in person to see and connect with each other. Members have been calling each other and Dine and Connect volunteering offers face to face contact. It is important that our offerings continue to support our going forward. Please send your donations to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave. Zoom meetings have taken place with the council and Ladies Aid, but we hope we can meet again in person soon as more restrictions are lifted. Immanuel has received a grant from the Sierra Pacific Synod to improve our technology to keep the congregation connected. We will have more news on that soon. In the meantime, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask while performing essential activities that make physical distancing difficult (including getting exercise!), and most importantly, stay well so that we can meet again soon in person.


Church Council Members for 2020
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Beth Greene
Treasurer                    Chris Fetzer
Financial Secretary    Jane Sullwold
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         Linda Ganfield (Property Oversight)

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The following position of Property Oversight Council Member-at-large still remains temporarily filled (Thank you Linda). The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

New Pastor Update:  The Sierra Pacific Synod is in the process of recommending an interim pastor. Immanuel will form a Call Committee of members of the congregation to proceed with the steps to call a new pastor. If you would like to be part of this committee, please let Andrew Thomas, Council president, or any member of the council, know. Input from the congregation is essential to the process. More details to follow. 

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Immanuel Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, will be hosting monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here in the ILC Parish Hall. This month the dinner will be a carry-out dinner due to Covid-19 protocols. It will be held tomorrow on, Monday, September 28th from 4 – 6pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. There is a wonderful article in this weeks Synod Newsletter under Church Together found HERE. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Boy Scout Troop 6 Update:    despite the limitations of sheltering-in-place, life around our facility continues. Our very own Boy Scout, Troop 6 has one member working of advancing to the rank of Eagle Scout. His name is Michelangelo and he’s refurbishing classroom 206 in the Education Building. According Scoutmaster Mike, Troop 6 also has two other members working on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Best wishes to all the boys, and congratulations for a job well done. Click HERE to view the thank you letter to Pr. Dot.

Election Process for our new Bishop: In fall 2019, each of the nine Conferences of the Sierra Pacific Synod held a gathering where it invited congregations and individuals within the conference to suggest names of those eligible persons on the clergy roster of the ELCA whom they believe to have the gifts and graces necessary for holding the office of bishop. Each Conference could put forward up to five names, and a total of twenty-eight names were brought forward to the Synod Nominating Committee. (Some names were put forward by more than one Conference.) The Nominating Committee contacted these individuals to ascertain their interest and willingness in having their name put forward as potential nominees for the bishop election. The pre-identification at the Conference gatherings was not a nomination process. Click HERE for more information.

Census 2020:    It is important that all people are counted in the 2020 census to accurately allocate money for services and schools. Check your postal mail.

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Please feel free to make a contribution to the Alameda Food Bank.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Church Council:    will try to meet on a monthly. Meetings to be randomly set by the council members. Anyone who is interested in the business side of the church is invited to call or email one of our council members. All are welcome to stay in touch.

Ladies Aid Today:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. Due to current health concerns the next meeting will held today on as Zoom meeting after worship. Join our ZOOM Service of the Word service today found HERE, or contact a member for instructions if you would like to join in the meeting.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. Our next gathering will be on October 3rd on ZOOM. Watch for the reminder in your email. Hope you can make it. All men of the church are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Immanuel is always trying to be  “greener” and has recycling bins in the kitchen and Parish Hall. Please be careful in throwing out trash. See signs on containers as you throw away items. Recycling Needs: for plastic, please remove tops – for aluminum, please take off pull tabs and put in plastic bag for the Ronald McDonald House. Crush both plastic and aluminum and put in separate bags and loosely tie. Bring items to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raise funds for our church. Glass can also be brought if carefully bagged or in boxes so they do not break. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers have once again been posted in the Parish Hall for 2020. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution (June): +++ lbs.

Prayer List:   Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Claudia Hunter Larsen, Don and Barbara Wilson, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Michelle (Chris Kanbergs daughter), Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Andrei McQuesten, Charlotte Berndt, Cecilia Maldonado, Tulio (ILC custodian who’s recovering from surgery), Tiffany Buchner on the death of her husband Eric Marston, the family of Steven Bennis of Alaska, all who are suffering in any way from the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Dot and Bill as they settle into their new home in Maryland, Jill Simmons, Margaret Boehler, Gottfried who is home from the rehab, and those effected by COVID-19 – Health care professionals, other essential workers, Grace Hofmann with Covid-19, and the family and friends of those who have died during this pandemic.

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.